30 Awesome Gifts for DIYers Under $50
You don’t have to spend a lot to find a great gift, as long as you stick to this list of gifts under $50.
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Sometimes regular scissors can’t get you through a DIY project that involves a lot of snipping. Worx’s ZipSnip cordless electric scissors effortlessly slice through materials, eliminating hand cramps. No worries about the blades going dull, either, thanks to the automatic sharpening system.
Kreg Circular Saw Guide
Essentially, you can make cuts that would normally require a table saw with just this jig and the circular saw in your garage. That’s a pretty good deal, especially considering how expensive table saws can be.
Worx Three-Speed Cordless Screwdriver
Has Worx made the perfect screwdriver? Maybe. All we know is, there’s definitely a lot to love about this three-speed cordless screwdriver.
It features slow, medium and fast settings, each for a specific purpose. The slow setting backs screws out, medium is for general use, and fast aggressively drives in large screws and fasteners. It’s even got a built-in headlight that illuminates your workspace as you go
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Shockwave Impact Duty Titanium Drill Bit Set
This set of drill bits from Milwaukee Tool is the perfect starter set for any DIYer. It contains 23 bits, all made from titanium for increased durability. The case is a great way to keep everything organized so that you’ve always got the right drill bit for the job.
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Klein Tools Voltage Tester
Safety is paramount with any electrical DIY project. Electrical currents are nothing to mess with, which is why a voltage tester like this one is so essential. A voltage tester can quickly tell you how much electricity is present in a wire, ensuring you’re never unsuspectingly working with a live one. This model is easy to use and tests low and standard voltage.
Channellock Wire Stripper
If you know someone who needs a new wire stripper, this pair from Channellock is definitely an upgrade. It’s got everything you need, including spots for stripping smaller wires and conduit up to one-inch.
Channellock designed these wire strippers with comfort in mind, giving them a spring-loaded handle, comfortable blue grips and leverage technology meant to reduce hand fatigue.
Klein Tool’s Mini Ratchet Set
With Klein Tool’s Slim Profile Mini Ratchet Set, users can get right into cramped, tight spaces that wouldn’t be reachable with a bulky standard ratchet set. This ratchet set is versatile, with four drive bits and multiple adapters for different socket sizes.
Work Sharp Knife Sharpener
Giving someone this knife sharpener from Work Sharp is like giving them a new set of knives. The sharpener can restore the dull blades on household knives. As one Amazon reviewer pointed out, it doesn’t feel dangerous to use.
“I have multiple high-end systems that are great … but they all scare my wife,” the reviewer writes. “This was the first system she felt comfortable using.”
Purdy Painter’s Pail
Know someone with a big painting project coming up? This painter’s pail from Purdy could be a big help. It’s loaded with helpful small details — a hook for hands-free use when you’re on a ladder, magnets for holding paintbrushes, and a resting place for your paint roller handle.
Klein Tools Cordless Fan
Anyone who has tried to complete a project on a stiflingly hot day will tell you about the importance of fans. This battery-operated fan from Klein Tools is made for working on the job. It’s cordless, spins and rotates 360 degrees, and can be clamped to an area or attached to metal surfaces via the magnets on its base.
Lehour Angle Clamps
Getting all four corners to set up just right is a pivotal part of woodworking. Make the task a little easier with these angle clamps from Lehour. They can be operated with one hand, leaving your other hand free to hold whatever piece you’re working on.
Any time you can pack a bunch of tools into one convenient package, we’re interested. This hammer multitool features 12 tools including a knife, a carabiner, a bottler opener and two screwdrivers (Phillips and flathead).
It’s the kind of tool that’s always nice to have around, whether you’re throwing it in your toolbag before a project or sliding it into a pouch in your backpack before a camping trip.
Magnetic Pickup Tool
Give the gift of longer reach with this magnetic pickup tool. Ideal for picking up small metal bits and pieces, this extendable magnetic arm will be greatly appreciated by anyone who ever fished a missing screw from under a workbench.
Lovimag Disk Magnets
These rare earth magnets are made with a sticky adhesive on one side so they can attach to virtually any surface. Use them to organize garden tools on the wall in your garage, or create a magnetic knife board on the wall of your kitchen.
Glass Bottle Cutter Kit
Some advanced DIY projects require glass cutting, a task that can be legitimately dangerous without the right tools. This glass bottle cutting kit makes the entire enterprise much safer, giving users an apparatus to make controlled, precise cuts.
Kaiweets Digital Multimeter
Even an inexperienced DIYer can go from being hesitant around electricity to troubleshooting batteries and dead electrical circuits with this digital multimeter from Kaiweets. Using a digital multimeter is not nearly as complicated as all the numbers and symbols on its screen might suggest. It’s a great way to learn more about electrical currents and how they work.
DeWalt Tough System Tool Storage Organizer
When you give someone a new storage system, what you’re really giving them is peace of mind. This DeWalt storage organizer can be a new home for all the loosely sorted collections of nails, screws and other small bits littered around a workshop. That clears up clutter and lets you work more effectively.
Ryobi Hot Glue Gun
Hot glue guns aren’t just for arts and crafts. A high-quality glue gun can be the difference-maker in a workshop, whether you’re using it to attach a temporary fence to your table saw or gluing two parts together for sanding. This glue gun from Ryobi will fit right in with the other tools on your shelf!
DeWalt Stud Finder
Nobody likes struggling with an inaccurate, over-sensitive and hard-to-use stud finder. This stud finder from DeWalt is simple and effective. There’s even a large hole in its center so when you track down that elusive stud, you can mark exactly where it is — no guesswork required.
Portable Mini Vise
The Irwin three-inch Clamp-On Vise attaches to any makeshift workbench. It’s small and light in weight, but not lightweight when it comes to clamping. It’s a great tool for holding spade bits for sharpening, steel conduit or chain for cutting, and strike plates for filing. It also grips hard-to-hold bolts for cutting, steel angle for bending … the list goes on.
If you don’t feel like buying a ton of sockets, this universal socket can adjust to any size or shape. Ranging from seven to 19 mm, this socket will grab hex nuts, screw eyes, hooks, a tension screw and a bolt head. It can even work with a power drill with an adapter, which isn’t included.
A Mini Air Jack
Pry bars are great for lifting windows, appliances or cabinets to level them. But they’re also great at leaving scratches. And sometimes you need three hands to lift, align, level and shim all at the same time.
The AirShim Inflatable Pry Bar & Leveling Tool solves all that. This 6-in. x 6-in. bladder inflates with the squeeze of a bulb, up to about 2-1/2-in. thick. Push a button to deflate it. The manufacturer says each one can support 300 lbs. There’s also a Pro XL model that can handle 500 lbs.
Extra Hand, Anyone?
Ever held a flashlight in your teeth to make a plumbing or auto repair? Well, these flashlight holders can save your teeth and your neck.
Both feature a nine-inch flexible neck that bends 90 degrees and rotates 360 degrees. The spring clamp version can be secured to any object up to two inches thick. The magnetic version has a powerful disc magnet that clings to appliances, vehicles and many flat metal surfaces. You can even stick this version to a drill press table to illuminate your work.
Black+Decker Snake Wand
Though the Black+Decker Snake Wand may look gimmicky, it’s actually a useful product. This hose attachment features nine spray settings and enough handle length to comfortable water hanging plants and other hard-to-reach vegetation.
If you’re a truck or SUV driver, the extra reach will help you spray down the top of your vehicle easily, as well as underneath without too much bending. We also found this attachment useful for filling buckets quickly — you’re far enough away to avoid any splashback.
MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband
Aside from just looking cool, this magnetic wristband is especially handy. No more loading up your mouth with screws as you complete something. If you’d rather not wear it and risk sweaty wrists, just strap it onto something nearby.
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice
If your DIYer works in the wintery elements, outfit them with these traction cleats from Yaktrax. The zinc coating prevents rust, and these cleats are safe in temperatures as low as minus-41 F. Yaktrax will help prevent falls in snowy and icy conditions.
Vampliers Patented Screw Extraction Plier
Suck out stripped out screws with a pair of Vampliers. These feature vertical and horizontal serrations on the inside jaws, which make it easier to grab a corroded or rusted out screw. Made from extra-durable carbon steel, these pliers are strong, too.
Find out how to remove a lightbulb with pliers.
Cleaning computer keyboards and other technology is sometimes difficult because of all the nooks and crannies. Cyber Clean can reach those tricky spots and pull dirt out. It’s great on cellphones, which accumulate dust and lint all the time. This putty-like cleaning agent can be used again and again by folding it over after each use.
CLC Custom Leathercraft 5023 Deluxe Cordless Poly Drill Holster
The CLC Custom Leathercraft 5023 Deluxe Cordless Poly Drill Holster carries most cordless drills plus and additional items. The holster comes with three medium pouches, good for flashlights, and six small loops for drill bits. It’s double stitched to provide longevity and prevent fraying.